Queer film scholar Laura Horak interviews Ann Thomas, founder and president of Transgender Talent, one of the first management companies devoted to managing openly trans performers. Thomas discusses how the various parts of Hollywood that work in the background—from managers and agents to casting directors and breakdown writers—are changing or resisting change. She states her vision for trans people in Hollywood, an industry admittedly devoted to profit, not social justice.
“We’d like to see trans people at the very top”: Transgender Talent Founder Ann Thomas In Conversation
Laura Horak is an associate professor of film studies at Carleton University and director of the Transgender Media Portal (transgendermediaportal.org). She is author of Girls Will Be Boys: Cross-Dressing Women, Lesbians, and American Cinema, 1908–1934 (Rutgers University Press, 2016) and coeditor of Silent Cinema and the Politics of Space (Indiana University Press, 2014), Unwatchable (Rutgers University Press, 2019), and a special issue of Somatechnics on trans/cinematic/bodies. Horak is a white cis queer settler scholar who is here to leverage her privilege and institutional resources for the revolution.
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Laura Horak; “We’d like to see trans people at the very top”: Transgender Talent Founder Ann Thomas In Conversation. Feminist Media Histories 1 January 2021; 7 (1): 21–39. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2021.7.1.21
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